Photography: Charles Schiller
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2004
A runner made with crepe paper is a terrific low-cost decoration for square or rectangular tables; all it takes are two pieces in coordinating hues and a pinch of effort. You'll need crepe paper on rolls, since they don't have fold lines; we used ones 20 inches wide.
Crepe paper on rolls, 20 inches wide, in two different hues
Cut both pieces to desired length, letting them drape over table's sides, if you like; for the piece that will be the top layer, trim one inch from width.
Create ruffles on long sides of each piece: Pinch paper between thumbs and index fingers and pull paper outward, stretching it about an inch.
Repeat to finish both sides. Place runner on table, centering top layer on bottom one.